Talackova 'electrified' despite pageant results
Published Monday, May 21, 2012 9:41AM EDT
TORONTO - Jenna Talackova says she feels electrified despite coming up short in her attempt to become the first transgendered winner of the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
The Vancouver woman says she won a more meaningful role as a civil rights champion.
Talackova made the top 12 at Saturday's pageant in Toronto, but was eliminated when it got down to the final five contestants.
Talackova, however, came first in terms of the global media attention.
She told The Canadian Press she feels honoured to be wearing the crown of an advocate.
Talackova was initially disqualified from competing because she wasn't a naturally born woman -- but pageant owner Donald Trump overruled the decision.
Talackova says she plans to model, act and write a self-help book.